Journey Home Welcomes Tina Ortiz to the Board of Directors
"I consider it a great honor to be a director n the board for Journey Home," said Tina, "I believe together as a team we can do extraordinary work for the community and for struggling populations."
Journey Home is excited to have Tina's expertise and insight at the table. We thank her for her service and look forward to incorporating her leadership into our future growth.
Sarah Salomons Joins Journey Home Full-Time
Sara Salomons has been a part of the Journey Home family since this past October as a development consultant. We are excited to announce that beginning in mid-April, Sara will transition from part-time consultant to full-time staff member.
"I look forward to joining the wonderful staff at Journey Home and doing my best work in support of their mission," said Sara.
Sara brings with her 25 years of experience in social justice and anti-poverty work. She is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, With a B.A. from Calvin College, an MDiv from North Park Theological Seminary and an M.A. from the University of Saint Joseph. Sara will be coordinating and developing Journey Home's fundraising, grant writing and other development initiatives.
Sarah Simonelli Completes a Year of Service
Journey Home offers our sincere thanks and best wishes to Sarah Simonelli, who served for the last year as Sustainability Development Coordinator AmeriCorps VISTA.
"My year of service was a once in a life-time experience," says Sarah, "I fell in love with Hartford and got to know the passionate community of non-profits, volunteers and advocates here."
Since February of 2014, Sarah has been responsible for all Journey Home communications and event planning. She organized an outstanding Cardboard City Sleep-Out event at University of Hartford last November, and her tireless work helped raise well over $100,000 for Journey Home through a fundraiser honoring one of our founders, Bill Farley. She is also responsible for laying the groundwork of the Hartford SOAR program, which will be built upon by our new VISTA in June.
Sarah has now joined the staff at Chrysalis Center, one of Journey Home's partner agencies. As a community case manager through the CABHI program (Cooperative Agreement to Benefit Homeless Individuals), she works directly with homeless individuals to walk them through the housing process.
We are proud that Sarah continues to support the mission of ending chronic homelessness in Greater Hartford. We are grateful for her year of hard work, and look forward to watching her excel at Chrysalis.